Got bulb?


Ok, the bulbs are gone—I have a little bit of leeway that I will use for some personal gifting. Thanks for responding! Everyone who has asked will receive bulbs, and I should be able to honor your preferences. I will email you all tomorrow for your addresses, except where I already have them (at least one case).

Have you planted tulips? In a similar vein as Michele has just posted, there is nothing that gets me through the dreary WNY pre-winter and winter like the promise of big, fat colorful tulips bursting out of the ground in the spring. As you may remember, my bulb obsession is beyond control. I have 300-plus (tulips, lilies, and minor bulbs) in the ground or ready-to-go as we speak.


SO, imagine my surprise when I heard from Colorblends that they had 200, yes two hundred, bulbs coming my way for “trial purposes.” Great, but there’s no, absolutely no, room in my tiny urban space to try these.

Perhaps you have room? I bet you do. Please respond in comments if you can take 25 or more (NO less than 25) of these lovely tulips from Colorblends (a great company who unfortunately does not always identify cultivars). I will send them to you. No charge. First come, first served. Let me know.

There are two sets: the Mamma Mia, which (I think) are two doubles: Lilac Perfection and May Wonder; and the Miss Confection, which (I think) are two Triumph varieties: Couleur Cardinale and Calgary. These are mixes: you must choose from either mix.

What I can say for sure is that their bulbs have always worked well for me. I would love to hear from you next spring about whether these were successful for you. Or perhaps some of the Southern gardeners could try forcing some of the Triumph varieties? Consider it a challenge. Anyway, respond in comments. You’ll probably get some bulbs out of it, and I’ll be happy. I love getting fellow gardeners into bulbs.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Elizabeth… I can always find room for more tulips. Some doubles might be fun to try for a change. Count me in and thank you for the offer!

  2. Hi Elizabeth! I’d love some of the bulbs. I think both sets are fabulous! I would love love love to take 25-50 of the Mamma Mia to try but honestly I think the Miss Confection is beautiful as well so I’d be tickled pink with either of them.

    I’m planting bulbs for the first time this year and have bought a few from big box stores but I have lots of space and I have been wanting to try ordering from this site after seeing other reviews of them. Of course I’d be sure let you know how they are doing next spring as well as keep everyone updated on their progress on my blog. I’m so excited! I hope I make the cut!

  3. Susan, they just don’t for these mixes. They do sell some single varieties, some species, and other bulbs (daffs, scilla) where they give you the exact names. I think it’s that they like to have fun with the cutesy names. Stop the Car is my favorite. Anyway, because I think of hybrids as annuals anyway, I don’t much care.

    Ok, so 75-100 bulbs down so far (depending on how many other requests I have).

  4. Elizabeth, How nice you are to share. I’d love to have some new bulbs. I have a garden at my shop to rework and my neglected home gardens are on my list, so I have plenty of room. Thank you for the offer.

  5. You like getting fellow gardeners into bulbs do you Elizabeth. Well I am a bulb virgin if you don’t count the more tropical Zephyr Lilies. Any thing you send me will be a new adventure in gardening and let’s see space, I have plenty of that and then some. I would be happy to take what ever is left over from those with a preference of the sets.

    Just the other day I was lucky to get some of the overflow of bulbs from the resident gardeners in the form of Foxtail Lily, Eremurus, planted in my new front roadside bed. There is still plenty room for annual tulips.

  6. I’d love to try the Mamma Mia and could take 25+. I’d be happy to monitor/photo in the spring. I’ve drooled over the Colorblend catalog.

  7. The Eremurus bulbs if you can call them that, do look like some odd undersea creature who has been out of the water a bit too long. There must be some more accurate botanical name for the bud eye crown with those octopus roots that is Eremurus bulb.

  8. I am SO glad I didn’t find this blog until now. It’s about 3:30 AM, Monday morning. I can’t sleep because I hurt all over from planting bulbs for the last two days, and I’ve still got at least two more days of planting to go. I also have more tulips than I needed to put in containers and in the ground, but had I not realized I was dealing with a surplus of tulips, I would have happily taken you up on your offer.

    As for the pain, eh. I think of gardening as an extreme sport without the cheering crowds 🙂

  9. Aw, man, sorry I missed that! How nice of you to give bulbs away.

    But if anyone lives in the city of Albany, NY, the Women’s Club of Albany is sponsoring a spring front yard contest which includes their giving 50 free tulip bulbs to city residents who want to participate…

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